Katherine Gilraine
The Index — Book 1: Mages



The Book
Caper:Tell us about the plot?
KG: In short: people from other worlds end up on Earth for a break from their job, except the job follows them. As they go back to duty, they question what led them to where they are, as well as what they deem important.

Caper: Where did the inspiration come from?
KG: The inspiration came from a variety of sources. I read old-time legends for some time as a child, watched a lot of documentaries, even the Twilight Zone series - and then I started wondering, how would we be viewed by people who aren't from around here - as literally as possible. What would the world outside of Earth be like for them? What's really 'home' as the case may be? The story seed got planted and just had to germinate for a while. I fleshed out a couple of possibilities when I was younger but, come college, the plot finally ripened enough to where I could put it to work.

Caper: Tell us about your publishing methods and any advice you might have in this arena.
KG: Considering I self-published, I am not one to talk about much outside of that. Securing an agent is a Herculean task in this day and age, and I assure you that it was not for lack of trying on my part, but the traditional publishing route didn't happen. But self-publishing is a very freeing way to go about it, considering that the author is in control of every aspect of things. To me, it is the perfect avenue, because I like being on top of what is happening with the book, and the control is unparalleled.

Books or authors you prefer?
  1. Any and all Sherlock Holmes
  2. Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
  3. The Boleyn Trilogy by Philippa Gregory (The Constant Princess, the Other Boleyn Girl, The Boleyn inheritance)

Moonshine you adore?
I'm a sucker for an aged Pinot Noir. So far, I have a favorite in Napa Valley 2005, and a 2003 Cabernet also hits the spot nicely. In my off hours, I prefer a Cosmopolitan.
Imaginary author conversation?
I have two authors in mind. David Baldacci, because I want to know how he got into the crime-writing genre to begin with, and Charles Dickens, because I want to know what he saw that played into his stories. Since what an author sees greatly plays into the end result, I would want to know, in both cases: what exactly had they seen that played into those stories?
Writing music?
My music selection is very random. I go for modern jazz, rock, occasionally alternative and/or foreign music.

Jazz Age authors:
Hemingway is my closet favorite author of the time. Closet because I don't get to read him as often as I would like - nor any author, because things get busy in a hurry - but I can bravely say that much like jazz music itself, they paved a new literary path for their fellow authors. As of late though, I'm drawn to historical fiction.

To all the aspiring authors out there - nothing ventured, nothing gained. Go for it. Go for your dreams. Write that book, write that poetry, make it happen. There is no such thing as impossible.

Press Release
Interview by John Gorman